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Catholic Recipe: Speculaas or Speculatius VI


  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup condensed milk
  • 4 Tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 pinch each: nutmeg, cloves, salt
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds, crushed
  • Details

  • Yield: 80 cookies
  • Prep Time: 30 minutes plus chilling overnight
  • Difficulty: • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: All
  • Origin: The Netherlands

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Also Called: St. Nicholas Cookies; Speculaus; Speculatius; Kris Kringle Cookies; Dutch spice cookies

This is an old Dutch recipe for the special cookies that St. Nicholas brings and that are consumed between December 6 and Christmas.


Mix together the sugars, shortening, and the butter. Add condensed milk and spices, gradually blending in the flour and baking soda. Crush the almonds with a rolling pin and mix in. The dough will be somewhat stiff. Roll into logs, cover with wax paper or plastic.

Refrigerate overnight.

Cut into slices (use a mold if you have one) and place on lightly greased cookie sheet. Bake in a preheated oven at 375 degrees for around 10 minutes. Traditionally Speculaas are imprinted with some pattern created by a wooden mold. If you imprint the cookies with such a mold, they will look better.

Recipe Source: Cooking With the Saints by Ernst Schuegraf, Ignatius Press, 2001
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